Do you have a dull backyard you just keep avoiding? Are you always planning on redoing it but don’t know where to start? Don’t worry. There are many easy ways to rebuild your backyard, depending on the purpose you want it to have and its size, and here are some of them.
For your kids
If you have young children, you have so many options to make your backyard interesting for them. Do they play any sports? If yes, you can build them a mini court, field or pitch. For a basketball fanatic, you don’t need a lot of materials. Many stores offer portable and adjustable hoops, but you can also opt for some DIY. You can make it a concrete court and stencil out the lines, but it’s not necessary, as sometimes just playing casually with your kids is fulfilling. Another sports option is getting a couple of football goals and letting them kick the ball around.
Another DIY option is to install a tree swing. A project your kids might appreciate the most, though, is a treehouse. Make sure you have some treehouse-worthy trees, as otherwise, it will be unsafe for your kids. Let them help as much as they can, as these will be the memories you’ll cherish once they grow up.
Depending on the size of your backyard, you can have several of these projects built. A tree swing will not take up too much space, and you can still build a pergola for entertaining guests. A wooden or metal structure at the far end of your yard can be used for dinner parties or birthday celebrations. A pergola is also something you can make yourself if you have the skills, or you can call in the pros.
However, if your yard is of the smaller variety, there is another way to have an outdoor dining area. You can make a deck patio or a smaller pergola that is adjacent to the house. You don’t need to build a new roof, as there is a wide range of roof awnings which are easy to install and can be folded when you want to enjoy the sun.
You’ll need a table and chairs, or some armchairs and a sofa. Think about adding an outdoor kitchen if you have the budget and the space. Moreover, don’t forget about the lighting. You can opt for string or recessed ground lights to achieve the right ambience.
If you are a gardening enthusiast, you can make your backyard all about your precious plants. First things first, think about planting shrubs and hedges around your property, especially if you have nosy neighbours.
If you want, you can focus only on flowers and get all sorts of colours and varieties. Do a test of the soil to see what can grow well there, consider the amount of sunlight you get, and have a few other things in mind.
However, you can have a vegetable garden as well. If you do not have enough space on the ground, you can make it a hanging or vertical garden. Regardless of its shape, this is a great way to always have organic products for your meals.
This is another great way to include your children in your activities. This can teach them about the importance of fresh food, and they will probably eat more vegetables when they are involved in the process.
Make sure you have the right equipment and tools for maintaining your garden. You might need to make a small shed for keeping all of these things in one place.
Finally, if you only want to unwind in your garden and escape the hectic pace of modern life, you are in for a treat. No matter the size of your yard, you can always make it relaxing.
Opting for a water feature makes your choices almost endless. You can decide to install a fountain, a small waterfall or a pond. These not only add a touch of elegance and luxury to your backyard, but also provide you with tranquillity.
You can ask a professional what kind of pond would work best in your yard, and whether you can have fish in it. If you prefer the sound of running water, though, waterfalls or fountains might be a better option. Building a waterfall will take some effort but it will all be worth it in the end.
However, if you don’t want a water feature, a fire pit surrounded by cosy armchairs can make for amazing evenings where you can roast marshmallows and talk about your day. A canopy bed is another option to enjoy the summer days and nights, and is not expensive, especially if you make it yourself.
As you can see, there is nothing too difficult about rebuilding your backyard. You need to figure out your budget, see what you can do in terms of the size and do your research well. Enjoy your relaxing environment.
Author Bio: Audrey Taylor was born in San Francisco, and moved to Adelaide at the age of five. Marketer researcher and social media manager on hold, full – time mommy of a cheerful two-year-old. Graduated from Queensford college, worked in a couple of marketing agencies across Australia, eager to learn more about business and share her experiences. Traveled across Europe. Her hobbies include: home decor, fashion, travel, music, old movies.